Barbados

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Welcome to Barbados

Barbados

Barbados is a coral island, pushed out of sea by volcanic activity in a far away time. On the West Coast of Barbados, coral shore beaches of fine white sand stretch along a blue-green sea. Coral reefs fringe the Barbados shoreline to provide excellent snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Along the East Coast a lively surf is blown briskly by the strong and constant trade winds and the waves pound against a rocky shore. The constant breeze of the trade winds give Barbados a mild and pleasant tropical climate.

When you visit Barbados, you will see it is mostly a flat coral island with excellent beaches, but there are rolling hills and many deep ridges and gullies, with an interesting distribution of flora and fauna. Within the Barbados coral core there is a vast array of caves and underground lakes which provide an excellent supply of drinking water that is amongst the purest in the world. Geologically Barbados is unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years. This and other anomalies make this Caribbean Island quite phenomenal, and there are geological structures that you will find only in Barbados.

Information & Facts

Electricity

Barbados Electricity

 

Electricity in Barbados is 110 volts/50 cycles.

There is a reliable electricity supply, with only the occasional outage.

Standard plug types in Barbados are:

  • Flat blade (2 flat blades)
  • Flat blades with round grounding pin

Money

The currency of Barbados is the Barbados Dollar (BBD).

When planning your Barbados vacation remember that the Barbados Dollar is converted at the rate of $1.98 BDS to $1.00 U.S.

The Barbados Dollar is fixed to the U.S Dollar and does not fluctuate. Its rate to other currencies fluctuates daily based on their fluctuations relative to the U.S. Dollar.

On your travels around Barbados you will find that US currency is accepted across the island, and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards. Of course most Barbados hotels and other lodgings also accept these various forms of payment.

Barbados banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Dollars.
Barbados coins are issued as 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents and 1 Dollar.

Passport Visa

Every person entering Barbados, including all North American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return ticket. UK passport holders must hold a return ticket and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your return date.

Safety

Barbados is considered to be a very safe destination however you should take reasonable precautions to protect yourself.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight, in an unlocked car or room, or on the beach.
  • Use your hotel safe if one is available.
  • Lock doors and close windows when leaving your room or car.
  • At night avoid beaches and unlit areas.
  • Maintain the same level of awareness that you would at home.
  • Report any harassment to a police officer or to your hotel manager.
  • Make a note of the Barbados emergency numbers: Police 211; Fire 311; Ambulance 511.

Beach Safety

  • If uncertain about a swimming area, check with your hotel first as there may be currents. Stick to beaches with lifeguards on duty if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Some beaches are bordered by manchineel trees. Avoid standing under the trees, or touching the fruit, as the white sap produced by the tree is a skin irritant that can cause blisters. Such trees are typically marked with red spray paint.

Water

  • Barbados' water supply is very safe and you can drink water directly from the tap. Bottled water is widely available if you prefer.
  • Remember to drink plenty of water (or other fluids) to prevent dehydration.

Sun & Mosquito Protection

  • Apply sunblock whenever you are exposed to the sun, especially when on the beach, at the pool or engaging in outdoor activities.
  • As a tropical island Barbados does have some mosquitos, especially in the wetter summer months. Apply insect repellent to keep them away.

Illegal Activities

  • The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in Barbados.Do not dress in, or carry, items made of camouflage material.
  • Possesion and distribution of illegal drugs/narcotics is strictly prohibited. If convicted of such an offence the crime is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both.

 

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